UPDATE: As families in Fiji prepared to celebrate Christmas, Tropical Cyclone Yasa ripped through their villages and crops on 17 December 2020, leaving thousands without homes and basic resources.

The cyclone forced mass evacuations and caused devastation, floods and loss for nearly 100,000 people. Sadly, there have been four deaths, including a three-month old baby.

Our Christian partners on the ground, ADRA Fiji, have already started providing water and sanitation kits. And we are committing funds to help our pacific neighbours during this time. We pray for our Christian sisters and brothers that Christ’s birth might bring renewed hope and comfort as they rebuild and recover from Tropical Cyclone Yasa.

Your gift to the Disaster Action Fund today can help provide for urgent needs like clean water in the wake of disasters like Tropical Cyclone Yasa.

Your gift to the Disaster Action Fund can help provide for urgent needs like clean water in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Yasa. Should the funds raised to respond to Cyclone Yasa exceed the amount required to meet needs, we will use the funds for other disaster responses as explained below.

Photo Credit: ADRA Fiji, our Christian partners on the ground.

Some of the world’s poorest communities live in the most disaster-prone areas. Poverty makes these families more vulnerable to disasters because they can’t protect themselves. And, after a disaster, they lack the resources to respond and rebuild effectively. It’s a vicious cycle.

And now, in this time of global pandemic, these families have become more vulnerable still. Because how can you stay safe at home when your only shelter is a flimsy tarpaulin? And how can you wash your hands when you haven’t got soap or clean water?

Your gift to the Disaster Action Fund now… means an urgent and effective response when disasters like the coronavirus pandemic strike in the future.

And because the destruction caused by any disaster (but especially this one) halts development in communities for years at a time, your generosity will also help to rebuild communities after the initial emergency response. And prepares at-risk families to survive future disasters, too.

Even the most conservative estimates suggest that $1 invested to help families prepare for disaster, saves up to $15 in response and recovery after disaster hits.

Help us act urgently and steward wisely.

Give a monthly donation to the Disaster Action Fund today and start saving lives before, during, and after disasters like this coronavirus pandemic.

*Updated 21st December 2020.

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